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When its paywall goes Live, We Chat will be the largest social network that lets publishers set up paywalls through its platform, according to Tech in Asia.
Tencent dubbed the shutdown "Thunder Strike," and it comes just a month after the Chinese government announced its initiative to "clean up" instant messaging services like We Chat.
We Chat announced last week it would start to "protect [We Chat users'] experience and interests" by closing down fraudulent and illegal accounts.
The data showed that over 60% China adult mobile users read on We Chat in 2014.
There was little difference between male mobile users and female ones.
Many We Chat users use the three-year-old instant messaging service as a news source, but some people have used them to distribute illegal information, "seriously undermining public interests and order in cyberspace," said a statement from China's State Internet Information Office.
Chinese messaging giant We Chat is testing a paywall system for publishers and independent bloggers on the platform, Tech in Asia reports.
There were many practical functions on We Chat in 2014.
27.2% We Chat readers favored QR code scanning; 19% readers used QQ mail and 19% used “shake to find friends nearly”; 15.3% chose to use We Chat payment while 7% readers used online ticket booking and food ordering service in 2014.
Further, most mobile users reading on We Chat would like to chat and browse We Chat Moments, which accounted for 80%.